Saint-Bris Sauvignon 2018
The Sauvignon grape here yields a wine remarkable for its splendid aromatic range, which makes it a frisky partner for oysters and crustaceans. Taken as a pre-dinner drink, it stimulates the taste-buds. It is magisterial with goat cheeses, and its vivacity enlivens all fish dishes and particularly Scandinavian-style recipes.
White wines exclusively - Sauvignon.
Saint-Bris-le-Vineux is the only district in Bourgogne where the Sauvignon grape is grown. It is a vigorous variety producing compact bunches of small oval berries of a handsome gold colour when ripe, with thick skins and soft flesh.
Grown on this burgundian terroir, it yields wines which are dry, light, fresh and throughly pleasing.
Lying alongside the river Yonne in the heart of the Auxerrois region, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux is an old stone-built village beneath which are extraordinary medieval cellars, running everywhere, the most astonishing examples of their kind in Bourgogne. They cover 3.5 ha, 60 metres underground. The quarries at nearby Bailly supplied the building stone for the Pantheon in Paris. Saint-Bris is definitely worth a visit.
The soils are derived from various Jurassic limestones ranging from Portlandian to Kimmeridgian. Alluvial soils and fossiliferous Lower Kimmeridgian limestone astartes are found alongside the river and at the foot of the marlylimestone slopes. The best situated plots are on the open hillside facing north, so maturation takes place under ideal conditions which favour the wine’s fruitcontent.
This white wine made next door to Auxerre from the Sauvignon grape is often the colour of pale straw or light gold. Aromas are of citrus fruits (grapefruit, mandarin orange), peach, and crushed blackcurrant leaves with sometimes exotic scents (lychee). This complexity introduces a fruit which is full, flowery and tender, with a hint of salt and spice in the finish. Jammy and preserved-fruit aromas will appear as the wine ages. This is a wine that can be either enjoyed young or after having aged a few years.
|The vintage||A rainy winter, a mild spring and a sunny summer: the 2018 vintage is generous and tasty|
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|A.O.C controlled designation of origin||Appellation Village of the Auxerrois vineyard, on the Yonne valley This appellation is reserved exclusively for white wines produced within the demarcated area of the SAINT-BRIS appellation.|
|Grape variety||100% Sauvignon|
|Terroir||Kimmeridgean soil: a strata from the Upper Jurassic era around 145 million years ago|
|Vineyard||Saint-Bris-le-Vineux village is located between Auxerre and Chablis on the Yonne valley|
|Vines||Sauvignon planted in the 90s|
|Exposure||facing north, slope of 25 to 30%|
|Vine growing||H.V.E. High Environmental Value|
|Harvest||Harvest at optimum maturity, destemming, sorting, skin maceration for a few hours and pneumatic pressing.|
|Winemaking||Vinification in stainless steel tanks. The natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are controlled at low temperatures and carried out at 100%.|
|Breeding||Aging is carried out for 8 to 12 months in stainless steel tanks before filtration and bottling.|
|Aging||3 to 10 years|
|Service||Serve chilled (8 ° - 10 ° C)|
|Aspect||Green-golden color, limpid, brilliant|
|Nose||intense, mineral and fresh nose with aromas of grapefruit, mandarin and lychees.|
|Mouth||The wine has an exquisite balance between the exuberance of stone fruit, lemons, apples and pears and its minerality which in indicative of its terroir. A wine of great harmony and freshness.|
|Accords||Serve as an operative or with seafood, steamed fish, sushi, scandanavian cuisine or goats cheese.|
|Tasting||The wine is fruity, slender and fresh, with notes of citrus and exotic fruit, both elegant minerality. It's a real treat.|
|Guide Hachette des vins||1 star 2013|
|Gilbert & Gaillard||Light yellow. Explosive nose displaying wonderful archetypal aromatics of fresh grape and grapefruit. Fresh, crunchy and nervy palate. Pure Sauvignon expression, pairing with seafood or goats' cheeses.|
|Tim Atkin Master of Wine||90/100|
|vin&santé||Mes sincères félicitations ! 0% de Pesticides pour cette cuvée après les analyses pratiquées en laboratoire. Cette cuvée est donc conforme au cahier des charges de Vins et Santé, visant l’excellence et la transparance auprès des consommateurs.|
|DVE guide des vins||87/100|
|Concours du Grand Auxerrois||Médaille d'Or|
|Concours des Grands Vins de France||2011|
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